A wolf girl, merchant trading, and a medieval backdrop. On the surface that about sums up Spice and Wolf. Besides autumn being the season for harvests, it’s also a great time for folklore. Holo, the wolf girl, is the deity of harvests and can be compared to an “ookami,” which is a wolf god in Japanese folklore. As a “wheat goddess,” Holo relies on the townspeople’s faith in her to produce bountiful harvests — but they’ve become self-reliant. She seeks a traveling companion in response to her loneliness as a forsaken deity.

Besides the fantasy aspect, Spice and Wolf is also about economics. It follows Kraft Lawrence, an aspiring merchant trader, as he travels from town to town and becomes better at the trade in order to survive. He meets Holo one night and lets her travel with him in return for her wisdom. Whether you enjoy the budding romance between Holo and Lawrence or merchant trading, Spice and Wolf maintains a steady and relaxing pace over the course of two seasons.One of my all-time favorite anime is Hyouka, mainly because of the seemingly mundane mysteries that unfold through Kyoto Animation’s gorgeous visuals. While the show takes place during all four seasons, it oozes autumn vibes because of the story’s laid-back pacing. Hotaro Oreki, the main character, is incredibly lazy and only exerts the bare minimum of energy in order to complete tasks or satiate Eru Chitanda’s never-ending curiosity. Honestly, there’s no better time to want to sit back and do nothing than autumn.

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